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The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on Thursday received the report of members of the Lagos State COVID-19 Impact Review Committee with a promise that due diligence would be done on the recommendations made by the committee.


Receiving the report presented by the Chairman of the committee at Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday the Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, thanked the committee members for a job well done and promised that the recommendations would be made public and implementations carried out after a thorough review.


In her words ‘’I want to really appreciate the committee members for your integrity and commitment in putting this report forward, on behalf of Mr Governor I want to thank you specially. I want to assure you that this report won’t be kept under the table as Mr Governor has the interest of this sector at heart so be rest assured that your good works will bring forth good fruits ’’.


‘’We will ensure that in the next one or two weeks, the recommendation will be made public and we hope that you will continue to collaborate with us as we move the tourism, creativity, entertainment and hospitality sector forward in the State’’, she added.


The Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the Ministry to work with stakeholders in the creativity, entertainment and tourism sector, assuring that the Ministry, being the regulator of activities in the sector will ensure that their businesses thrives in order to boost employment and increase revenue generation to the state.


The Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu in his Remarks, said that the Ministry will review the report and advise Mr. Governor accordingly on how to get the sector moving during this Covid19 period.


He thanked the committee members for bringing their professionalism and expertise to bear in compiling the report, noting that the State can’t thank them enough.


The Chairman of the Committee, a veteran actor, Mrs. Joke Silva thanked the State Government for the opportunity given to come up with recommendations to reposition the creative and tourism industry in the State.


While saying that the recommendations were gathered from various sub-committees in the sector on ways forward post Covid19, the Committee Chairman thanked her colleagues  for their dedication and cooperation throughout the deliberation period on the report.


Other members of the committee include Mr. Atunyota Akpobome (a.k.a Ali Baba), Mr. Patrick Donald Lee, Dr. Adun Okupe, Mrs. Oyenike Okundaye and Mr. Gbenga Sunmonu. They were also supported by the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Mr. Ferdinand Tinubu and the Director of Hotel Licensing in the Ministry, Mr. Jobi Ibraheem.


It will be recall that the six-man committee chaired by Mrs. Joke Silva, MFR, was inaugurated in May, 2020 with a mandate of drawing out suggestions and recommendations on how to re-activate the State creative industry, which has remained dormant as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging the world.

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